County Considering Passenger Service On CSX Rail Corridors, Impact Fees For Transit

Miami-Dade commissioners are voting today on multiple transit-related items today.

CSX rail tracks throughout the county could be converted to transit use, if commissioners approve an item scheduled for a hearing this morning at the county’s Transportation, Mobility, and Planning Committee.

There would also be new intermodal facilities and freight use, including inland ports, the resolution states.

The county would work with FDOT to implement the new passenger service, if the plans move forward.

A companion agenda item would place a moratorium on the county’s conversion of railroad corridors throughout the county for use solely as bicycle or pedestrian trails.

Also today, the county’s Chairmans Policy Council & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee has an item scheduled that could impact transit funding in a big way.

If approved, impact fees on new construction would be revised to be used for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities. Currently, impact fees are predicated primarily on roadway construction and expansion.

 

 

 

 

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Bandit
2 months ago

The impact fees for transit and ped is a no brainier. We don’t need more cars on the roads we need alternatives

Anon
2 months ago

Hilarious how the tracks for a mass transit system have literally been here this whole time

Anonymous
2 months ago

When I moved here 20 years ago I was asking the same thing 🤣🤦‍♂️🙈

Anon
2 months ago

You seem to forget, in the 1920’s you could take rail from coral gables to Miami Beach and a train from Jacksonville to Key West. We have set ourselves back a century with our leaders idiotic attempts at urban planning.

Anonymous
2 months ago

I see some common sense is trying to be restored by placing a moratorium on taking railroad corridors and turning them into bicycle paths and pedestrian trails. What madness when mass transit in this county is a joke.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Bicycle paths are equally a joke here. No serious global city is less bike friendly than Miami.

SMS
2 months ago

There should be bike paths all across the bayfront and Miami River – THESE are the areas where bikers feel most safe and sheltered from the roads, also they provide scenic bike paths for tourists. Look at other major cities. We must add bike trails along the Miami River and Biscayne Bay!

Be Kind
2 months ago

I am currently traveling through Europe and I always ask myself why cann Miami get some light rail/tram around the city and around all around the different neighborhoods..We definitely don’t need more cars!!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Was there last month and I thought the same thing so many times. Loved the new tram in Nice!

Chris
2 months ago

Me too! The new trams in Nice are so quiet and futuristic weaving through large pedestrian-only promenades. When I was there, I thought this would be an ideal system for parts of Miami, especially Miami Beach.

Anonymous
2 months ago

First we need to address the flooding problem when it’s only an afternoon storm and not even a hurricane

Anonymous
2 months ago

What’s Puttshack like and is it worth going to?

‏‏‎ ‎
2 months ago

The best-case scenario, imo, is Tri-Rail on the Lehigh spur and Homestead subdivision, but we’re probably gonna have to wait a couple of decades at the very least for it to happen, if at all.

Analyst
2 months ago

On the one hand they want to put passenger service on freight railroad tracks and on the other hand put bicycle lanes on them?

Anonymous
2 months ago

The motion was delayed until a undetermined date. Aka put out to pasture forever. Also the impact fees are massive and this change is horrible for our future. Right now the only thing the MASSIVE pile of funds can be used for is Rail, which is good, because we need mass transit. By shift it to intermodal they can use the funds for pedestrian pathways, bikes, and even buses. Who is going to walk from homestead to downtown or Doral to downtown. This is a deliberate attempt by the commissioners to avoid having to build the transit systems we need

Anonymous
2 months ago

Looks like ludlam trail will not be happening

Anonymous
2 months ago

Hopefully.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It can still happen if they elevate the rail. Though that would be a lot more expensive and would never happen.

anonymous
2 months ago

You dont need ludlam. There is a track directly to the west a few blocks that runs all the way down the miami executive airport and connects to the Miami international airport.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The Ludlum Trail tract of land has nothing to do with these CSX tracks. People are confusing them.

Open Ludlum trail
2 months ago

I get that it would be great to have it as a rails WITH trails corridor but if we wait to open up trail until the rails come in, it’ll be 10 years before we can even walk along it

Anonymous
2 months ago

Why isn’t it happening? This has nothing to do with that track of land. The existing CSX tracks going southwest and west from the airport is what this concerns and not the land heading straight south to Dadeland.

Anonymous
2 months ago

I am all for mass transit. Bicycle lanes are a waste of money and take up too much room in an urban environment such as downtown Miami. This is Miami. It is too hot, and it rains so often in the tropics. I can’t see people riding a bicycle to work on a hot day like today in a suit, and wondering when the rain will start. Please put the money into public transit.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yep, bike lanes are not the ideal solution in florida. Unless they were placed in tunnels between major developments. IE a medical district or business hub.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Bike lanes are ideal anywhere and everywhere that cars are currently permitted.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Really? On northern ice roads?
How about I95 or the Turnpike.

NYC Transplant
2 months ago

Actually that’s not true. Bicycle lanes are far less efficient in throughput compared with regular lanes. Most of Miami, particularly Brickell and Downtown will suffer from a dire lack of roadway space as the density continues to increase. Brickell will feel a lot like lower Manhattan where the street widths are inadequate. Unfortunately, there is little to nothing that can be done about that apart from not making it worse. Transit is really the only hope to keep the urban core navigable.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Exact;y downtown streets are already so narrow

Anonymous
2 months ago

Two things can be true at once. Brickell and Downtown, at a minimum, should have way more bike lanes and the urban core should have more transit options, including an expansion of the mover. Driving lanes should be given the least priority.

Fred
2 months ago

We don’t ride to work in suits. Nice office buildings have gyms with showers. We ride to work in gym clothes and shower in the morning. It’s really not that inconvenient to bike to work.

Anonymous
2 months ago

We are no longer on a University campus and in the real world Fred. How do you suggest I get to the Courthouse from my office without a suit?

Fred
2 months ago

Metrorail, Metromover, Trolley, Bus, Uber? You’re making excuses.

Anonymous
2 months ago

That’s my point. Mass transit, not bicycles.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Fred wants to take a shower with the judge.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Who still even wears suits to work? Lawyers? Who cares about lawyers?

No road, No rail, No future
2 months ago

They really do enjoy telling lies.

Philly
2 months ago

There needs to be elevated trams throughout the city even on the beach, if Miami/Dade wants to reduce emissions and carbon footprints then they will need to offer competitive and cost effective public transportation that can get you to all major neighborhoods in the county, a subway system would be great like Manhattan has but that’s expensive so elevated trams are the way to go, or monorails. Stop thinking of money think of the goal and outcome, these politicians waste time and money nickel and diming everything because they have no vision and are afraid to be the one who promotes an expensive plan, put the PC aside and address the elephant in the room properly, bandaids aren’t going to solve the long term problems, Miami is in trouble gridlock because past politicians never had the sense to plan ahead for the future,

Concerned Citizens
2 months ago

I’ve saying it for years. The entire county is cross cross by rail tracks. No need to elevate all tracks. Not even to Miami Beach on the Julia Tutle. This obsession to elevate is sooo 40 years ago. So what if it floods . Design it into the plans and fix it if floods. Even if elevated, a massive hurricane would decommission elevated tracks, probably for years. You wouldn’t be able to use it until it got repaired anyway. It would probably take longer to repair elevated tracks than at ground level anyway. Or does the obsession with elevated have more to do with kickbacks? Let face it, elevated would be soooo much more expensive.

Joe CARollo
2 months ago

More parking and more cars PLEASE!